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Take off the interior trim of any car made since 1996, and you will find a small diagnostic port. This is normally used by mechanics when they are trying to figure out problems with your car. But with the KOBRA Wireless Car Scanner, you can utilize this port yourself. The device sends data straight to a diagnostic app on your phone, meaning you can spot troubles before they take a turn. Right now, you can pick up the scanner for just $14.99 at the PopSci Shop.
Just like an airplane, your car has an onboard computer that gathers data from sensors around the vehicle. By tapping into this digital brain, it’s possible to diagnose problems that would otherwise be invisible.
KOBRA makes it really easy to access the data collected by your car. The device slots into the OBD2 port, which is usually hidden somewhere around the steering wheel.
KOBRA sends live data to your smartphone, and you can use a variety of apps to interpret this information, including DashCommand, OBD Auto Doctor, and Torque Pro. The device recognizes 3,000 different trouble codes, so you should always have answers.
It’s normally $49.99, but you can get KOBRA now for just $14.99—that’s 70 percent off the MSRP.
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